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Piraat - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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1,990 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,990
Reviews: 964
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 79
Gots: 132 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A robustly bitter strong Belgian pale ale.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-07-2001)
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Photo of rangerred
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

330ml bottle into a goblet.

Pours a clear dark copper with just the smallest bit of sediment from the bottle sneaking into the glass. Huge solid two finger white billowy head that hangs on the entire time the beer is in the glass.

Aroma is quite spicy with hints of coriander and peach along with a whiff of alcohol. Not incredibly deep but it is true to style.

The flavor continues with the spiciness with coriander but the peach is a bit more subtle. A touch of dark fruit and caramel underneath along with a touch of caramel. The alcohol definitely makes its presence known but it never becomes overwhelming. Very dry mouthfeel with just a light touch of sweetness in the end.

Overall, this is a very good beer. It is not top of the line but it isn't very far off. Love that it packs a decent punch and is not overly sweet.

rangerred, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of MrIncognito
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Amazing. Hazy golden body with a thick, lasting white head. Smell of lemon peel, a little herbal hop, candy sugar, and yeast. Fantastic taste that is smooth and sweet with just enough bitterness to prevent any sticky, cloying sweetness. There is a nice malt backbone to this with a smooth honey and candy sugar sweetness.

MrIncognito, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of HuskerTornado
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into tulip glass. Pours a copper color with a mountainous cream colored head that very slowly dissipates to over a quarter inch thick with some spots much thicker that remain and leaves behind thick lacing.

Smell is of sweet honey and malt, floral hoppiness, and the Belgian yeast always brings a fruitiness to the table. A lot going on here.

Taste impressively complex. Big floral hop presence combined with honey sweetness right off the bat. Lots of hops here, but the bitterness is not overly intense. In the middle comes a mixture of lighter fruits like pears and dark fruits like plums. In the finish, the 10.5% alcohol makes it's presence felt and there is a grassy finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.

Overall, a great Belgian strong pale ale. I've had this bottle a while, and poured darker than usual, but the flavor profile seemed to be about the same.

HuskerTornado, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE - Pours coppery red, with a huge, five-finger beige head that lasts a long time. It leaves a floaty yeast lump up till the last sip.

SMELL/AROMA - Herbaceous, sweet, a little piney.

TASTE - Sweet, herbaceous, piney. Definitely not bitter as advertised. ABV only a bit hidden.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE - Lots of carbonation, light, not syrupy.

OVERALL - A bit boozy, but a nice beer, sippable, not quaffable. Advertised as bitter, but it's not at all bitter IMHO.

Homers_Beer_Odyssey, Jul 21, 2014
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4.6/5  rDev +13%

vaughtex, Sunday at 07:05 PM
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

McBraniel, Saturday at 05:11 AM
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Texasfan549, Saturday at 01:43 AM
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5/5  rDev +22.9%

mcloud2, Oct 15, 2014
Photo of vette2006c5r
3.39/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Piraat pours a golden color with a big lacing head. There is a big aroma, lots of candy aromas, hints of peach and yeast. The taste is very fruity, lots of peach, lots of candy, hints of a warm alcohol. Big body, nice feel too. Overall its a big strong beer, too sweet and fruity for me.

vette2006c5r, Oct 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Salud24, Oct 15, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev -6.6%

Marcos_Graziano001, Oct 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

paulish, Oct 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

OCSA_1978, Oct 11, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev -0.7%

nightassmonkey, Oct 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Rickus, Oct 09, 2014
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4.33/5  rDev +6.4%

Fordknox, Oct 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Allegue04, Oct 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

mrcraft, Oct 07, 2014
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3.76/5  rDev -7.6%

DamienI, Oct 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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Piraat from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
91 out of 100 based on 1,990 ratings.